What's the maximum visual quality possible with games based on Valve's Source Engine? PCGH checked Half-Life 2 and Dark Messiah.
Dark Messiah of Might and Magic
: Source Engine of 2006 with LOD Mod, 1.920x1.200, 16x SSAA (GTX 280), 16:1 AF [Source: view picture gallery]
: Source Engine of 2004 with Fakefactory Cinematic Mod 8.2, 1,920x1,200, 16x SSAA (GTX280), 16:1 AF, no Motion Blur [Source: view picture gallery]
PCGH tried to squeeze the best visual quality possible out of Valve's Source Engine
. For this task we used Dark Messiah of Might & Magic
(with LOD mod) and Half-Life 2
with the Fakefactory Cinematic Mod 8.2
Our system was powered by a Geforce GTX 280 and the resolution was set to 1,920 x 1,200. The screenshots were made with sixteenfold super sampling and 16:1 AF. For Half-Life 2
we installed version 8.2 of the Fakefactory Cinematic Mod. In Dark Messiah
we deactivated the LOD via console commands, in order to ensure maximal texture quality at far distances.
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